In Memoriam

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program honors the memory of the following interviewees, scholars, and activists.  It is with great sadness that we report the loss of any of our colleagues, and we vow to celebrate their life and work.

Laura Dixie: Remembering a ‘Mother of the Movement’

Dec 18th, 2017

Laura Mae Dixie, known as “the Mother of the Movement in Tallahassee, Florida,” passed away last month at the age of 92. Her life is a testament to the oft-forgotten… Read More

Our Year-End Journal is Available Now

Dec 15th, 2017

Dear Friends of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, As you will read in this exciting end-of- year progress report, SPOHP has reached more students, scholars, and members of the… Read More

50th Anniversary of the Attack on the USS Liberty

May 22nd, 2017

On June 8th, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack on and attempted to sink the USS Liberty as she sailed under a U.S. Flag in… Read More

A Tribute to Frank Towers

Jul 11th, 2016

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program had the privilege of getting to know Frank Towers as one of our narrators in our valuable Veterans History Project. Over the years we… Read More

Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist and Inspiring Mississippi Freedom Teacher

Jun 23rd, 2015

Ms. Margaret Block, lifelong civil rights activist, teacher, and friend, passed away in June 2015. Her efforts to organize, agitate, and educate for social justice inspired men and women across the country… Read More

Remembering Janos Zsigmond Shoemyen

Dec 19th, 2014

Janos Zsigmond Shoemyen, 93, died December 7, 2014, at his home in Alachua, FL. Shoemyen was a noted writer, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He worked in the publications department of… Read More

Civil rights icon the Rev. T.A. Wright dies at 94

Dec 11th, 2014

Local civil rights leader Reverend Thomas A. Wright died Tuesday. He was 94. Reverend Wright was the pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Gainesville. Read more from The Gainesville… Read More

Remembering Dr. Hernán Vera, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Dec 2nd, 2014

A native of Chile, Dr. Hernán Vera, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, passed away last week. He was a prolific scholar in research spanning a range of topics, including race and ethnic… Read More

Remembering Dr. Seymour S. Block, UF Chemical Engineering

Aug 14th, 2014

Dr. Block’s life and work at the University of Florida is remembered in the Gainesville Sun. His oral histories at SPOHP archives are in GHS 062 (1971) and UF 346 (2014).

Joel Buchanan, A Giant of Florida Human Rights, History and Storytelling  

May 29th, 2014

Joseph “Joel” Marcus Buchanan, a longtime educator and local legend for his work in preserving black history in Gainesville, died Sunday at UF Health Shands Hospital after going into cardiac… Read More

Remembering Kenneth A. ‘Ken’ Johnston, Jr.

May 5th, 2014

Ken Johnston was interviewed by Mike Parker (both pictured here from the Daily Sun) for the World War II Collection at SPOHP in Spring 2014. His interview is under the WWII-213 code.

Life and Work of Lawrence Goodwyn, Historian, Journalist, and Civil Rights Activist

Nov 6th, 2013

Dr. Lawrence Goodwyn, distinguished professor of history at Duke University, taught at Duke from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. He recently passed away in Durham, North Carolina, on September… Read More

Remembering Dr. James Anthony (Tony) Paredes

Aug 25th, 2013

Dr. Paredes, ethnologist and applied anthropologist, worked with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians throughout his life and developed the Poarch Creek Project at SPOHP. Photo from the Poarch Creek Nation.

Patricia Stephens Due Dies at 72; Campaigned for Civil Rights

May 29th, 2012

Patricia Stephens Due, whose belief that, as she put it, “ordinary people can do extraordinary things” propelled her to leadership in the civil rights movement — but at a price,… Read More

Florida author, known for infiltrating Klan, dies

Aug 30th, 2011

Noted Florida author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, best known for infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, died August 27, 2011. Throughout his life, he worked as a vocal… Read More

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